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Institut für Medizinische Mikrobiologie

Research Group Hilbi

Members and General Information


  1. Hubert Hilbi, Ph.D., principal investigator
  2. Mingzhen Fan, Ph.D., postdoctoral research assistant
  3. Franziska Solger, Ph.D., postdoctoral research assistant
  4. Anaisa Moreno, Ph.D., postdoctoral research assistant
  5. Simone Vormittag, Ph.D., postdoctoral Research Assistant
  6. Ana Katic, Ph.D. student, University of Zurich
  7. Sarah Michaelis, Ph.D. student, University of Zurich
  8. Elizabeth Vittori, Ph.D. student, University of Zurich
  9. Camille Schmid , Ph.D. student, University of Zurich
  10. Pia Stauffer, Ph.D. student, University of Zurich
  11. Tobias Jäggi, Ph. D. student, University of Zurich
  12. Tong Chen,, project assistant
AG Hilbi 1
AG Hilbi 1
AG Hilbi 2
FG Hilbi


  • D. Becher, Greifswald (Germany)
  • C. Buchrieser, Paris (France)
  • P. Cosson, Geneva (Switzerland)
  • W. Eisenreich, Munich (Germany)
  • A. Flieger, Wernigerode (Germany)
  • C. Hedberg, Umea (Sweden)
  • A. Itzen, Hamburg (Germany)
  • F. Letourneur, Montpellier (France)
  • X. Li, Villigen (Switzerland)
  • M. Pilhofer, Zurich (Switzerland)
  • T. Soldati, Geneva (Switzerland)

Supported by

Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF), SystemsX, EU ERA-NET, Novartis Foundation, OPO Foundation, Olga Mayenfisch Foundation, University of Zurich

Contact and further information

Hubert Hilbi, Prof. Dr.

Selected Literature


Weiterführende Informationen


Amoeba-resistant species of the genus Legionella or Mycobacterium grow within environmental protozoa in distinct pathogen vacuoles. Upon inhalation, the bacteria replicate within macrophages in the lung and trigger respiratory diseases such as Legionnaires’ pneumonia or tuberculosis. Our research aims at elucidating the specific virulence mechanisms and at identifying novel compounds effective against respiratory pathogens to control their growth in clinical and environmental settings.